Trump rally crowd erupts with chants of 'lock her up' about Feinstein

Trump rally crowd erupts with chants of 'lock her up' about Feinstein
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Attendees at President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE's campaign rally in Iowa on Tuesday night chanted "lock her up" after the president questioned whether Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDems reject Barr's offer to view Mueller report with fewer redactions Five takeaways from Mueller's report Only four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates MORE (D-Calif.) leaked allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSupreme Court sees more serious divide open on death penalty Juan Williams: Buttigieg already making history Dems plot next move in Trump tax-return battle MORE.

Trump invoked Feinstein while ticking through a series of attacks on various Democrats, including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJulián Castro: Trump should be impeached for trying to obstruct justice 'in very concrete ways' Poll: Biden tops Sanders nationally Pete Buttigieg: 'God doesn't have a political party' MORE (Mass.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerHarris adds another to her list of endorsements in South Carolina The Hill's Morning Report - Dem candidates sell policy as smart politics 2020 Dems rebuke Trump on Iran, say they'd put US back in nuclear deal MORE (N.J.) and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.).

"How about Sen. Feinstein? That’s another beauty," Trump said.

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" 'Did you leak the documents?' " he added, before portraying an exaggerated nervous denial from Feinstein.

The crowd broke into chants of "lock her up," prompting laughter from Trump.

"I think they’re talking about Feinstein," Trump said. "Can you believe it?"

The senator issued a statement to The Hill shortly after the rally concluded, blasting Trump's comments as "ridiculous and an embarrassment."

“Dr. Blasey Ford knows I kept her confidence, she and her lawyers said so repeatedly. Republican senators admit it. Even the reporter who broke the story said it wasn’t me or my staff," Feinstein said.

The jeer is a staple of Trump campaign rallies, though his supporters have typically used the chant in reference to 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump rips Krugman, NYT after columnist writes GOP no longer believes in American values Klobuchar jokes to Cuomo: 'I feel you creeping over my shoulder' but 'not in a Trumpian manner' Dems seek to rein in calls for impeachment MORE.

When Trump mentioned Clinton later in his speech, the crowd again began shouting "lock her up."

Tuesday marked the first time the chant referenced Feinstein.

Trump has suggested that Feinstein leaked allegations from Christine Blasey Ford, who claimed that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her during a party when the two were in high school in 1982. Two other women later came forward to accuse the judge of sexual misconduct.

The president has provided no evidence that Feinstein leaked a letter from Ford, other than to suggest Feinstein's body language indicates she was the source.

Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has repeatedly denied that her office leaked the letter.

"Did she leak it? 100 percent," Trump said Tuesday night. "No, I don’t want to get sued – 99 percent. Now I can’t get sued."

Trump has lamented that Kavanaugh did not receive "due process" in the face of the allegations, which he claimed without evidence on Monday were "a hoax that was set up by the Democrats."

Updated at 9:12 p.m.